Preparation / Directions:
Peel, core and slice apples thinly. Use a food processor to slice
apples, since this makes the job easier. 1/2-inch slices should be about
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease sides of 9 x 13-inch
baking pan. Prepare Streusel Topping: In medium bowl, mix flour,
pecans, brown sugar, slightly softened butter, vanilla and cinnamon
until mixture comes together. Shape into a ball.
Prepare crust: Into large bowl, measure flour, sugar and salt. Cut in
1/2 cup cold butter into small bits. With fingertips, blend butter into
flour mixture until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press evenly into
bottom of baking pan. Bake crust 15 to 20 minutes our until golden.
Crust may crack slightly but don't worry. Place apple slices in
10-inch skillet. Add raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and 3 tablespoons
butter. Cook 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until
apples are tender. In cup, mix cornstarch and lemon juice. Stir lemon
juice mixture into apple slice mixture and cook until thickened. This
should happen quickly. Remove from heat. Spoon apple mixture over crust.
Break Streusel Topping into chunks and scatter over apple mixture. Bake
30 minutes or until streusel is browned. Cook completely, in pan, placed
on wire rack. When cold cut into 16 pieces and serv